Matt's Rise of the Runelords

Hook Mountain Massacre, Session 15 5/14/10

Etina Jewelfist, Monk
Kajsa Bramblington & Mrow, Druid and Firepelt companion
Kloq Swarqmor & Bully, Ranger and dog companion
Yseult Angevin, Cleric of Cayden Cailean
XP: 4000 (56425)
Stuff: Big Ass Sihedron Medallion, 4 suits of ogre sized scale mail+1, 8 potions of cure moderate wounds

Turtleback Ferry, December 14th 4708AR
Heading out in the morning the party heads north through the Kreegwood, their ranger guides leading them via old game trails and avoiding the known Gruul hunting locals. As the day wears on towards evening the slopes of Hook Mountain begin to rise out of forest and Jak suggests making camp before attempting to climb the mountain in the dark.

Hook Mountain, December 15th 4708AR
As dawn breaks and a cold wind carries the scent of smoke, the starts its way up the mountain. The going is rough as the air grows progressively colder and snow begins to fall in place of rain, the rangers unused to the armor they wear and Yseult isn’t renowned for her climbing skills, but trails and ropes and bits of strength from those more suited to climbing ensure the party makes it to the summit after a few hours of effort.

Kajsa flies off ahead, easily traversing the troublesome wind currents, and scouts the tail ahead. She finds the main entrance to the clan hold, guarded by 2 ogre warriors who stand beneath the skull of what looks to be a rather large dragon. There are also signs of smoke from various fissures in the mountainside as well as an open area in which sits a huge stone throne, upon which a stone giant sits. Another giant stands nearby on guard, while a dozen stone statues watch in silence. She returns to inform the group, that the cave lies less than a mile away and soon they will reach their destination.

As they draw near the party weighs it’s options and decides on the frontal assault, one of it’s stronger tactics. Launching their assault from the blizzard raging outside the cave entrance a bit of luck and overwhelming violence manages to kill the ogres before they can give warning. They party takes a few moments to scout the area, finding no signs of alarm from inside the cave. More dragon bones line the cave, a testemant to the clan’s prowess. Slightly further in, protected from the raging weather, stands a 30 foot tall suit of armor. At first mistaken for a statue the party soon figures out it’s a preserved giant corpse inside the armor, preserved by the Big Ass Sihedron Medallion around it’s neck. Etina climbs the statue, removes the medallion, and tumble falls to safety as the body crumbles to dust. The falling armor makes a bit of noise, buffered somewhat by Kloq and Etina’s efforts, and again no alarm seems to be raised from inside.

Pressing into the giant sized caves the party moves deeper into the mountain, past a pit some hundred feet deep that spells of burning and death. Past that a cavern where three ogres again stand guard, though these don’t seem as alert as the ones at the mouth, nor as well geared. After a few moments the party decides to use Ysuelt’s Silence spell on Kloq so he can charge up on them and prevent them all from raising an alarm as the group launches it’s assault. A brief and brutal attack quickly neutralizes them before any even realize they were silenced.

At a crossroads in the cavern system the group decides to follow the sounds of forge work. Not far off the watch area they find a forge room, with nearly a dozen ogers working forges. The launch their assault an two guard ogres drive the exhausted workers to fight. The workers grab what implements they can, half forged swords, logs, long iron bars, and rush to attack. One of the guard ogres smites Mrow down, but thanks to a quick stabilizing spell from Yselt the cat manages to cling to life. death by fire and fist and arrow and blade quickly find the rest of the ogres and the party survives another challenge.

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